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Hachi-gatsu futsuka no yakusoku
Now in the final chapter of life, Ito can often be found standing under a tall, 500-year-old ginkgo tree. Traumatized by an air raid she experienced 75 years ago, Ito has been unable to recall the events of one fateful day. Ever since then, she cannot help but feel she has forgotten something important. One day, the ginkgo tree triggers a memory: her promise to elope with her boyfriend. As she remembers her 16-year-old self, she heads to the trysting spot for their escape. The long-ago promise they made, risking their lives, now reunites their fractured time and space.
After working as an assistant director on TV shows and commercials and for a post-production company, Mochizuki began her freelance career as an AVID editor. She studied screenwriting at Scenario Center and filmmaking at New Cinema Workshop. In her private life, Mochizuki is a mother to two sons, ages 13 and 18. This short was selected for the Hachioji Short Film Festival competition, where it received the Special Jury Prize.